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    Virginia Governor Temporarily Bans Protests at Lee Monument in State Capital

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    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order which will stop all public demonstrations at the Robert E. Lee Monument in the state capital Richmond until new emergency rules are in place to protect free speech and keep people safe, the Governor's office said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The release said the halt will allow state and local authorities a chance to make decisions about how to manage civil unrest in the wake of the deadly events over the weekend in Charlottesville.

    "Governor Terry McAuliffe today issued Executive Order Number 67 temporarily halting issuance of permits and prohibiting demonstrations at the Lee Monument until new emergency regulations have been approved and implemented by the Virginia Department of General Services," the release stated.

    The new emergency regulations will be created based on recommendations made by a special task force, and will be issued within three months, the release added.

    On Saturday, white nationalists held a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest authorities' plans to remove a monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. The rally subsequently led to clashes with counter-protestors and culminated in a car-ramming attack that killed one person and injured 19 others.

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    Charlottesville Violence During Pro-Confederate Protest in US' Virginia (68)

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